By DailyNewsUg Business Correspondent
Today Uganda joins the whole world to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2018.
According to the Director Intellectual Property at Uganda Registration Services Bureau Mercy K. Kainobwisho, “The Theme for this year is – Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity.”
She said “The National Intellectual Property Office is hosting close to 300 women in National Summit on Women in Intellectual Property today. URSB recognizes the role of women in creativity and innovation, women in all sectors of life, women leaders, women influencers and innovators”.
Ms. Mercy Kyomugasho Kainobwisho, DIRECTOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, URSB
Mercy K. Kainobwisho further said “Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity”.
“This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future”.
“Every day women come up with game-changing inventions and life-enhancing creations that transform lives and advance human understanding from astrophysics to nanotechnology and from medicine to artificial intelligence and robotics”.
Kainobwisho told DailyNewsUg Business Desk that “And in the creative sphere, whether in the movies, animation, music, fashion, design, sculpture, dance, literature, art and more, women are re-imagining culture, testing the limits of artistry and creative expression, drawing us into new worlds of experience and understanding”.
Above: Ms. Kainobwisho at todays event
“The important and inspiring contributions of countless women around the globe are powering change in our world. Their “can do” attitude is an inspiration to us all. And their remarkable achievements are an invaluable legacy for young girls today with aspirations to become the inventors and creators of tomorrow” Mercy observed.
Ms. Kainobwisho further clarified that “More than ever before, women are taking up leadership roles and making their voices heard in the science, technology, business and the arts. This is good news. With women and men working together, we strengthen humanity’s hand, and improve our ability to enrich our shared cultural wealth and develop effective solutions to alleviate poverty, boost global health, and safeguard the environment:.
The time is ripe to reflect on ways to ensure that increasing numbers of women and girls across the globe engage in innovation and creativity, and why this is so important.
Above: Mercy with colleagues
Mercy Kainobwisho concluded that “This year’s World Intellectual Property Day celebration is an opportunity to highlight how the intellectual property (IP) system can support innovative and creative women (and indeed everyone) in their quest to bring their amazing ideas to market”.
About Mercy Kainobwisho
She is a qualified and experienced female Advocate of the High Court of Uganda with 12 years’ experience specializing in Business, company law, Oil and Gas basics and law and Intellectual Property Law (Trademarks, Copyright, and Patents). She has extensive experience in business, company, intellectual property and Oil and Gas laws in Uganda including participating in developing and reviewing related legal regimes.
Mercy holds a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property from University of Turin, Italy; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Makerere University Business School, Post graduate Diploma in legal Practice from the Law Development Center, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University, Uganda, and several post graduate certificates and trainings in oil and gas law, policy, management and leadership from the Institute of National Transformation, Uganda and Harvard Law School.
Pic: Mercy being interviewed by DailyNewsUg Correspondent
Currently she is the Director Intellectual Property since February 2017 having served as Director Business Registration at Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) a government agency that is responsible for business registration and intellectual property protection among others.
She is a member of the Rotary International, Uganda Law Society and belongs to the Rotary Club of Bukoto- Uganda (District 9211) & Uganda Women Lawyers Association (FIDA).
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